African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

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Intestinal obstruction secondary to infantile polyarteritis nodosa

FG Seifarth, S Ibrahim, SJ Spalding, JR Reid


Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN) is a rare systemic necrotising vasculitis of medium and small-sized arteries. Patients typically present with systemic symptoms. Obstructive intestinal symptoms are described but usually resolve with treatment of the underlying vascular disease. We report a case of a one year old boy with multiple ischemic small bowel strictures secondary to infantile PAN, who was treated with resection of the affected segments by single port laparoscopy.

Key words: Infantile polyarteritis nodosa, PAN, polyarteritis nodosa, small bowel obstruction, stricture
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